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Catalyst Ranch Forms Partnership with JHW Hospitality
Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s premier creative meeting and event space, is thrilled to announce a new, ongoing partnership with Jon Wool and JHW Hospitality. Through the agreement JHW Hospitality will utilize Catalyst Ranch’s award winning creative space as the exclusive host for their renowned series of events, workshops and seminars. JHW Hospitality, which has held events with Catalyst Ranch in the past, has been at the forefront of restaurant and hospitality consulting in Chicago.
“JHW Hospitality provides coaching and training for restaurants, caterers, and hospitality professionals. As people in a creative industry, it’s important for us to get out of our kitchens and offices and into a stimulating environment. My goal is to encourage entrepreneurialism and proven business strategies while also sharing some warmth and humor. Catalyst Ranch offers the perfect fun and welcoming setting for that,” said JHW founder Jon Wool
The first event of the new formed partnership was the Summer School Workshop: “Selling the Next Season” and took place at Catalyst Ranch on July 30th. Events and workshops will be ongoing throughout the year, ranging across broad topics throughout the restaurant and hospitality industry. More information on particular events can be found as they are announced at http://jhwhospitality.com/speaking-engagements/.
“We’ve loved hosting Jon at the Ranch in the past. Jon’s sessions are filled with real life examples of customer service solutions that can be taken back to the office and implemented immediately,” said Catalyst Ranch’s Owner Eva Niewiadomski, “we are beyond excited to bring our relationship with Jon and JHW Hospitality to the next level.”
While unique, this type of ambitious partnership is not the first for Catalyst Ranch which maintains relationships with many non-profit organizations and charities including Lydia Home Association, for whom Catalyst Ranch annually hosts Project Music, a fundraiser which sends underprivileged and abused children from Chicago to summer camp. Catalyst Ranch also operates its own branded seminars and events called” Sundowners,” as well as “Match Books” which feature Q&A sessions with authors. Information on upcoming Sundowner and Match Books can be found at blog.catalystranch.com/chicago-happenings.
Catalyst Ranch is Chicago’s premier creative meeting and event space. Founded in 2002 by Eva Niewiadomski, the award winning venue has been featured in international, national and local news outlets for its innovation in the meetings industry. Catalyst Ranch is 15,000 sq. feet of absolute inspiration that caters to everything from training seminars, strategic planning meetings, association meetings, workshops, consumer market research, staff retreats, board meetings, sales meetings, as well as ideation sessions. Visit www.catalystranchmeetings.com or call (312) 207-1710 for more information.
JHW Hospitality provides coaching and consulting for restaurateurs, caterers, and event planners. Through objective analysis, confidential advice, and interactive training sessions, JHW Hospitality helps clients achieve fulfillment, balance, and financial success. Founder Jon Wool draws on his years of experience as a caterer and business owner to customize programs for companies of all sizes. JHW Hospitality’s efforts are designed to increase client’s gross revenue and net profit while establishing systems to promote sustained excellence. For questions or more information visit www.jhwhospitality.com or call (312) 280-9999.
MPI Unveils Program for 2014 World Education Congress in Minneapolis
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) plans to take attendees on a journey of discovery during its annual World Education Congress (WEC) this year. The association recently published details online about the conference’s program, which will showcase premiere education, networking and business opportunities and is scheduled for August 2-5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
WEC 2014 will deliver more than 70 concurrent education sessions, including numerous professional development sessions eligible for clock hours. Several of the sessions will be repeated during the event, giving attendees the opportunity to attend more of their favorite sessions. Moreover, planners and suppliers participating in MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program now have the opportunity to attend more education sessions as appointments will not overlap the sessions.
The opening keynote will be presented by spiritual leader, licensed physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra. Chopra will introduce his concept of “wellness real estate” and discuss the importance of healthy indoor environments for the home, office and meeting spaces. MPI has also planned two flash point style general sessions featuring an array of distinguished speakers such as Sam Richter, an internationally recognized expert on sales intelligence and online reputation management, and Chris Heeter, founder of The Wild Institute, a national organization committed to connecting people to nature, themselves, and each other.
“At MPI, we are continually making discoveries about our members, their needs and concerns, and what will make them successful in order to strengthen our association and our membership experience,” explains Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “With WEC 2014, our goal is to help attendees discover their own strategic potential, the right business partnerships, and ways to transform and elevate their approach to planning meetings and events.”
This year the conference will feature two new components, CSR Central and the Tech Café. CSR Central, hosted by Meet Minneapolis, is a dedicated zone where attendees can volunteer with local community organizations throughout the day on Aug. 4 — whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour. In the Tech Café, sponsored by Freeman, attendees will experience new technology solutions and learn how to leverage them to deliver effective meetings. The café joins the other areas of MPI’s Career & Learning Central, which acts as MPI’s learning laboratory, offering a variety of unique opportunities and resources for participants to expand their knowledge, strengthen their careers and transform their events outside the confines of the concurrent session space.
Other program highlights include the RISE Awards Luncheon, MarketSquare and MPI Foundation fundraising events. To learn more or to register for WEC 2014, please visit www.mpiweb.org/wec.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI membership is comprised of approximately 20,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org.
Letter from MPI CEO on CMM Program Decision
The bedrock of MPI is our members and chapters, so when you raised concerns with planned updates to the CMM Program, we said that we would listen to your input and if your suggestions result in a stronger program, we would make appropriate adjustments. Over the past six weeks we have received a great deal of constructive feedback through extensive community outreach.
After aggregating, analyzing and synthesizing your feedback, we found a number of consistent recommendations, which if implemented, would strengthen the CMM Program going forward. After reviewing the recommended changes with our partner, GBTA, together we have agreed to revise the CMM Program as follows:
The program will retain the Certificate in Meeting Management name and may also be referenced by the CMM acronym.
The criteria for participation in the CMM Program have been revised as follows to better align with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS). Each candidate will be evaluated through a comprehensive application process with documented panel review against the following criteria.
Each future CMM Program participant will be required to develop a business case in which they must apply the course materials learned. The business case should reflect real situations, address current challenges that need to be resolved and be actionable – meaning the participant must have responsibility and influence over the challenges’ outcome. Each participant’s business case will be evaluated and scored against a pre-established standard of performance or rubric by CMM Program faculty.
Professionals that achieved the Certificate in Meeting Management from MPI prior to 2014 will retain the CMM designation, which is now supported by both MPI and GBTA. GBTA will communicate directly to individuals that achieved the comparable GBTA certificate regarding parameters for using the CMM designation.
In addition, MPI will reissue new certificates to existing CMM designees with the correct Certificate in Meeting Management branding. More details will be shared in the near future about how and when the new certificates will be provided.
On behalf of MPI and GBTA, thank you for your interest in the CMM Program. We recognize that it is your contributions, energy and support that are the foundation of MPI and, as such, we will always listen to your input and value your voice.
Again, thank you for your interest in this prestigious program, your passion for this industry and your support of MPI. We appreciate the feedback you have shared and believe these changes will strengthen the CMM Program going forward.
Paul Van Deventer
President and CEO
Meeting Professionals International
To view the letter, click here.
Flipping Conference Education For Successful Learning
Sure, the “flipped classroom” is a buzzword and the trend right now.
However, the concept of being learner-centric and providing active learning during the education session is not a trend!
It’s here to stay because it works!
Defining Flipped EducationSo what is the flipped conference education session?
In short, the term is used to describe any format where there is a pre-recorded or pre-conference feature. It might be a lecture on video, recorded PPT presentation or pre-conference webinar. The in-class conference session is then used for discussion, activities or exercises.
Flipped classroom attendees often view several lectures between three to ten minutes each before the conference. Attendees then bring their questions, concerns, thoughts and insights to the session to share with each other.
Why Flipped Education?This is not a fad about watching videos online. It is about attendees as participants in collaboration, inquiry and participation.
Flipped conference education:
1. Redefines conference education session as center for participant interaction.The focus is on what the attendee will do during the conference session, not just sit and listen. Speakers are no longer the sage on the stage but the guide on the side. Their focus is on helping attendees move from passive listeners to active participants to co-creators of knowledge.
RecertTrack Re-Launches Website to Deliver Enhanced Service to the Meetings Industry
RecertTrack, the online, environmentally sustainable recertification and e-certification tracking tool, has recently re-launched its website to deliver an enhanced user experience.
The updated site now provides an industry-specific portal for Association and Meeting Professionals (Association and Meeting Professionals Advancement Portal - www.recerttrack.com/assn-meetings).
The Guide to Association and Meetings Industry Certifications which was launched earlier this year, is also easily accessible and available for free download via the dedicated portal for Association and Meeting Professionals.
Cedric Calhoun, FASAE, CAE, CEO & Founder of RecertTrack commented, “The industry is taking continuing education more seriously and we are now seeing some 20,000 hits a month on the RecertTrack web site. Following feedback from the meetings industry, the new look and feel of the web site now provides the industry with a user-friendly platform to assist certified professionals in keeping their qualifications up-to-date, as well as providing instant access to knowledge and information in one centralised location that will allow them to advance their careers in the sector.”
The Association and Meetings Professionals' Advancement Portal brings global meetings education and industry news together with an e-certification renewal support and tracking solution that will track individual’s continuing education against certification requirements for association, convention, meeting, event and exhibition credentials.
RecertTrack is a privately held corporation based in Silver Spring, MD, USA. RecertTrack provides an online, environmentally sustainable method of recertification and certification tracking for individuals, companies, membership organizations, and certification and licensing boards. It is committed to helping professionals achieve success by providing a system that saves time, checks for human error, and does not consume paper waste. RecertTrack gives individuals the ability to track their professional development activities, store their recertification documentation, and submit their recertification applications in zip files. Reviewers are able to log in to the online system and ensure that these individuals have met credentialing requirements; corporations that rely on certified and licensed professionals can easily verify the credentialing status of their certified or licensed professionals. RecertTrack is changing recertification one tree at a time with a tool that promotes efficiency, quality, and environmental sustainability.
A view of a digital classroom.
Has the internet truly changed conventional education in the classroom? Are students learning more and better with the recent technologies?
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Three Reasons Not To Start An Association Certification Program
“All organizations can develop certification.
But not all should!” ~ Mickie Rops, CAE, Credentialing Expert
Some organizations think creating a certification program is the sure way to solve some of its problems. Sometime it is a valid way to solve industry-related challenges. Sometimes, it is like using a screwdriver to hammer nails. It just doesn’t fit the problem.
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